I was looking at Act's 20 point plan the other day and the last bit was similar to the above chart outlining a potential balance of power scenario. It seemed to me a bit strange, as this represented left and right parties, but reality is every man and his dog wants to be in the centre now. So I thought I would come up with a more realistic chart.
Now I am a great fan of ACT policies, but fear that they are not going to generate much traction in the forthcoming election even though their policies are exactly what we need as a country.
Personally if I was ACT I would drop the Liberal/hard right tag and canvass as the party for the Intelligent/smart voter. Get in first and by default voters for other parties will be 'Dumb". Intelligence also knows no demographic boundaries and ACT only need to appeal to 5% of the voters of any age and race that think they are smart..
The days of Left and Right are over. The future is going to be fought over smart policy versus dumb policy, especially in light of the economic conditions that will in all likelihood hang around like a bad smell for a few years yet.
So here is the new look..Note that NZF and United Future are really only there because of the sucking force of the main players.